Every Sunday, the feature SHANNON MUIR’S MYSTERY OF CHARACTER on SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF focuses on the art and craft of writing from Shannon’s perspective, or gives you insight on her process as an author. This week’s topic this week involves intelligent and shrewd characters. Personally, I really admire when intelligent and shrewd characters are written well. It can be easy to make such characters almost godlike, to easily get out of any plot jam.

However, usually the best written characters with intellectual like this tend to be counterbalanced by having personal flaws or struggles. This is why characters like Sherlock Holmes endure, I believe.

See you all again next week.